666 followers this mornin..i’ll blaze to that!
And the he realized it was wrong and apologized:
“Well, I stepped in it with my pole-dancer meme, didn’t I? I appreciate the thoughtful responses to my post, and I left it up so that the dialogue could continue. It was certainly not my intent to shame anyone. My point, rather, is that we live in a society that objectifies women, and there is something sad, in my view, when women make money—even good money—by buying into that system, using their bodies rather than their minds, and quite often (but not always) becoming the victims of a degrading system. My aim was to encourage parents to do a better job teaching young girls to value themselves and aim higher, and to make that point with levity. Few parents actually hope that their children turn out to be pole dancers, though some fairly can say it wouldn’t bother them as long as they were happy. And so, I have gained some insight. Thanks, fans, for your excellent points on both sides.”
Ok this fauxpology is some serious bullshit. You can’t post something racist, homophobic or sexist and then when people respond negatively, be like “Oh well I posted this as a commentary on how our society blahblahblah.”
No. It was a bad, sexist, whorephobic and slut-shaming joke. The punchline is that no woman with a good childhood could possibly grow up to earn money by taking her clothes off. And him claiming that strippers are “using their bodies rather than their minds” shows how few sex workers he’s ever spoken to. At least a quarter of those I work with (myself included) have a college degree, which is higher than the national average. Being a stripper takes a LOT more than dancing and looking pretty.
I don’t understand this statement: “My aim was to encourage parents to do a better job teaching young girls to value themselves and aim higher.”
Firstly, a joke that says ‘Strippers come from fucked up homes” isn’t “encouraging” or “educational” or whatever fake noble intention he’s going to throw behind this after the fact. Secondly, if a woman was working in a fast food restaurant for a measly minimum wage, would he make this joke about her? Or are women who utilize their sexuality for their job the only ones deserving to be laughed at? Why not make this joke about fashion models, surely they’re only using their bodies for their job? Is it more respectable to be a wage-slave in a system that puts your value around $7/hour OR to be a woman who makes her own schedule, sets her own price, can refuse customers who are disrespectful, and goes home with hundreds of dollars for a few hours of (admittedly hard) work? What exactly is the hierarchy here according to George Takei? I’m genuinely curious what women are expected to “aim higher” for when we earn less than men in 98% of all jobs (sex work being one of the few exceptions).
In summary, FUCK YOU George Takei and fuck your fake apology.
Oh my god people on this site are insane
George Takei is freakin’ OLD, and we all know that this view on strippers is unfortunately really common in society - especially amongst older generations. The sexist nature of this post was brought to his attention, he APOLOGISED and frankly took it quite well. In HIS OWN opinion, in HIS VIEW, stripping contributes to the objectification of women, which he is against. People have their own prejudices, and I really doubt he meant to offend anyone. We’ve all put stupid stuff on Facebook and regretted it. It was definitely an insensitive thing to post but that doesn’t make him evil…
Sometimes you guys take this to the extreme… just because someone says something that you don’t agree with, it doesn’t mean you have to go all vigilante on them. Educate them on what they did wrong. That’s all you can do. Going batshit on Tumblr just makes things worse
Oh hey, guess what thwt,
You are not a stripper, so…
- You don’t get to tone-police us when we react to bigotry
- You don’t get to put words in our mouths (no one called him evil, you could quit making shit up and actually read my response to his apology)
- You don’t get to make excuses for him (But he’s old! It’s just his opinion! He didn’t mean to offend anyone!)
- You don’t have to live with the specific type of bigotry that effects female sex workers, such as being stereotyped as stupid, disposable, uneducated, damaged, and you don’t have to live in a culture where you are constantly hearing jokes in which your own brutal murder is the punchline, which means…
- YOU DON’T GET TO ACCEPT TAKEI’S SHITTY APOLOGY FOR US.
- Fuck you.
yeah no FUCK this i reject this completely. takei i am ashamed of YOU,that’s right a STRIPPER ashamed of you. people have got to stop dehumanizing sex workers,we demand fucking respect just like anyone.
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I’ve reblogged this before but I didn’t know it was from a lightning strike. That’s insane.
no fuckin way
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